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Bagwell: A Lock for the Hall?
We'll start with the simple stats:

.297 career average, 449 homers, 202 steals....

I'd vote for him...begin any necessary debate now...

Posted by Derek VanRiper at 12/15/2006 10:19:00 AM
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Flaws of the Japanese Posting System
This is an interesting San Diego Union-Tribune article about the flaws of the Japanese posting system.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 12/15/2006 8:02:00 AM
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Badvasi Strikes Again
I've seen some bad trades in my day, but I'm having a hard time thinking of one as inexplicable as the Mariners trading Chris Snelling and Emiliano Fruto for Jose Vidro. There are trades that look good, but for whatever reason turn out bad. And there are trades that don't look so good, but because of the circumstances involved one can justify, or, at minimum, explain. This one is on a whole other level.

If someone can think of a reason for the Mariners to make this trade, I beg you to shine the light my way.

Jose Vidro is clearly on the downside of his career, he's 32, he is a defensive liability, he has a huge contract and he hasn't played a full season since 2003 because of injuries. Yes, Snelling is injury prone, but his upside is tremendous. He's young, he's cheap. If the Mariners, understandably, want to upgrade at DH, why not just make Snelling the designated hitter?

The Mariners are on the hook for $12 million for a guy who is a worse and older than the much cheaper guy they traded him for. What GM school did Bill Bavasi go to that told him that would be a good deal? If this trade was made in a fantasy league, it might very well be vetoed.

The league average OPS for DH last year was .810. Vidro's OPS the last three years combined was .776. Last season it was .744. And the Mariners are paying $12 million for that. And they're losing Snelling's upside. And we haven't even considered Fruto yet.

If there is an out-and-out worse trade somewhere, I'd like to see it.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 12/13/2006 11:29:00 PM

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Purpura Making Questionable Choices
Why would the Astros let Andy Pettitte walk away over a mere $2 million and then trade Jason Hirsh, their best pitching prospect, along with Taylor Buchholz and Willy Taveras for Jason Jennings? They could have signed Pettitte to a two-year contract, and by time the 2009 season rolled around, Hirsh would be ready to assume the #2 role behind Roy Oswalt. Now, they'll have to negotiate an extension with Jennings, and they gave up on three quality, young, homegrown players. Jennings is a Baylor product, so that may appease some fans, but Hirsh is a 6'8'' right-hander who went 13-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 118 strikeouts at Triple-A Round Rock last season. Oppenents hit just .193 against him. Seems to me they should have shelled out $14 million a year for two years to Pettitte and let Hirsh take over in two years instead of letting Pettitte go and trading for Jennings.

Posted by Michael Beller at 12/13/2006 11:06:00 AM
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